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One of the greatest and most insidious crimes of white supremacy is the consistent portrayal of people of color as one-dimensional beings with a single story. Whether the narrative is one of "positive discrimination" as in the case of the "Nerdy Asian kid" or the "Magical Negro", or blatantly "negative discrimination" as in the case of the "Angry Black Woman" archetype, it serves to take away from the humanity of the person of color by painting all members of a group with one mediocre brush.
Spoiler Warning: This piece includes spoilers from Empire Season 2: Episode 9
Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this analysis, can we just acknowledge the epicness that was that kiss between Skye Summers (Alicia Keys) and Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett)?! It was the perfect end to their performance of the song “Powerful”. It really took the whole episode into a completely different space, for multiple interesting social reasons that, but it also just felt like the perfect climax to all of the tension in the episode. It was a beautifully executed scene and I drank up every moment of it.